Swedish duo lands TV series on Oprah network
Sweden

Swedish duo lands TV series on Oprah network

Swedish design duo Simon Davies and Tomas Cederlund are heading to Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), which will launch their new show at the end of March.

Stieg Larsson’s brother hits back at book claims
Sweden

Stieg Larsson’s brother hits back at book claims

The younger brother of Stieg Larsson has hit back at allegations made by the Millennium author's long-time partner by launching a website addressing a number of claims she makes in her new book.

Online sex harassment among youths common
Germany

Online sex harassment among youths common

One sixth of German girls aged 10 to 18 have been sexually harassed on the internet, and one third of youngsters in that age group have had disturbing experiences online, a government study has found.

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Sweden

Number of young Swedes in ‘early retirement’ soars

Since the centre-right Alliance coalition first took power in Sweden more than four years ago, the number of young people receiving disability pension payments has increased by nearly 50 percent, which the social security minister called a "political catastrophe."

Museums aim to probe Nazi art seizures
Germany

Museums aim to probe Nazi art seizures

While many German art museums have well-established provenance research programmes to locate works stolen by the Nazis, institutions rarely reveal how they were entangled with the practice. But a new book by the Frankfurt’s Städel Museum may change this.

Germany ‘very worried’ about unrest in Egypt
Germany

Germany ‘very worried’ about unrest in Egypt

Germany is "very worried" by unrest in Egypt, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Wednesday, calling on all sides to refrain from violence and on Cairo to do more for human rights.

Swedish sex-ed film reported to police over teen sex scenes
Sweden

Swedish sex-ed film reported to police over teen sex scenes

Animated sex scenes featuring Swedish teens in a new sex education film has led to the film being reported to the police for violating laws against endangering the moral upbringing of young people.

Swedish video streaming site blocked in Egypt
Sweden

Swedish video streaming site blocked in Egypt

Swedish live video streaming site Bambuser announced that its service was blocked in Egypt shortly after nationwide rallies erupted against President Hosni Mubarak.

Man asks for police protection from sex-crazed wife
Germany

Man asks for police protection from sex-crazed wife

A desperate Turkish man living in Germany has turned to the police for protection from his wife's constant demands for sex, authorities said Wednesday.

Middle class shrinking
Germany

Middle class shrinking

Germany’s middle class has been steadily shrinking since the late 1990s, a leading economics think tank has found.

Ikea founder admits to secret foundation
Sweden

Ikea founder admits to secret foundation

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, considered one of the wealthiest people in the world, controls the company through a secret foundation worth 100 billion kronor ($15.34 billion), according to a Sveriges Television (SVT) report.

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Germany

Germany suspends global AIDS fund payments

Germany said on Wednesday it was suspending yearly payments of €200 million ($274 million) to the Global Fund Against AIDS, TB and Malaria following allegations of corruption.

VW unveils super-efficient ‘1-litre’ hybrid
Germany

VW unveils super-efficient ‘1-litre’ hybrid

Volkswagen has unveiled a new car that can cover 100 kilometres on less than a litre of petrol, making it the most fuel efficient hybrid in the world.

Sweden ‘lacks tools’ to fight extremism: Åkesson
Sweden

Sweden ‘lacks tools’ to fight extremism: Åkesson

Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson kicked off Wednesday's Riksdag debate about violent extremism with a reference to the Stockholm suicide bombing in December.

Dozens hurt in accidents as winter returns
Germany

Dozens hurt in accidents as winter returns

Slush and ice caused accidents that injured dozens of people across Germany on Wednesday, authorities reported. Meanwhile more snow is expected to accompany a cold front from the west, the German Weather Service (DWD).

ABB expects double-digit earnings growth
Sweden

ABB expects double-digit earnings growth

Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB announced that its $4.2 billion offer to buy US industrial electric motor group Baldor Electric was a success, adding that it expects double-digit growth in fourth quarter operating income.

Teen rising star shoots Schalke into semis
Germany

Teen rising star shoots Schalke into semis

Teenage super-sub Julian Draxler on Tuesday put Schalke 04 into the semi-finals of the German Cup after scoring an extra-time winner to seal a 3-2 victory over Nuremberg, just minutes after coming off the bench.

‘Wallenberg and Isaak are still worth fighting for’
Sweden

‘Wallenberg and Isaak are still worth fighting for’

With Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak in prison in Eritrea and questions still swirling about the fate of Raoul Wallenberg, historian Susanne Berger argues that Sweden needs to do more to shorten its ignominious line of unsolved disappearances.

Grenade explodes in Malmö apartment
Sweden

Grenade explodes in Malmö apartment

An explosion reportedly caused by a hand grenade ripped through an apartment in Malmö in southern Sweden early Wednesday morning in what police have classified as an attempted murder.

German student held on terror charges in Afghanistan
Germany

German student held on terror charges in Afghanistan

A German student is being held in the US Bagram air base prison in Afghanistan on suspicion of planning terrorist attacks, according to a Wednesday media report.

Inflation tipped to hit 4 percent
Germany

Inflation tipped to hit 4 percent

Consumers face a wave of rising prices with leading economists predicting on Wednesday that the inflation rate in Germany could hit 4 percent in coming years.

Warning over lead in coffee vending machines
Sweden

Warning over lead in coffee vending machines

Lead levels up to ten times above recommended levels have been found in the water from coffee vending machines in Sweden.

Brazil mudslides delay Gripen fighter decision
Sweden

Brazil mudslides delay Gripen fighter decision

Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim on Tuesday ruled out for now a decision on a multi-billion dollar fighter aircraft contract vied for by France, Sweden and the United States.

Film giant Eichinger dies of heart attack in LA
Germany

Film giant Eichinger dies of heart attack in LA

Germany’s most successful international film producer Bernd Eichinger, responsible for “The Neverending Story,” “Downfall” and the “Resident Evil” series, has died of a heart attack, his agent announced Tuesday night.